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Jumping On The Cromnibus

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yes, apparently that's a new word now: "cromnibus." Now, some, editorially-speaking, have been insisting on "CRomnibus" or "Cromnibus," but for the time being here, we've decided that it doesn't qualify for proper-name status in any way.

Jim Edgar remembers his own time as an Republican governor working with a Democratic legislature in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will follow in the footsteps of former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar when he takes control of a state in a fiscal crisis ...

Unexpected Resource for Personal Finance Tools

Jim Gibson | Posted 11.21.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

Who would have thought it? Would you believe there is set of financial tools and resources out there just waiting for you to stop by and give them a spin?

Rescission Could Be a Brilliant Solution For GOP

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.

Déjà Rule: The Health Damaging Consequences of Reinstating the Global Gag Rule in 2015

Jennifer Sherwood | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Jennifer Sherwood

We all care about women's lives, and PEPFAR under President Bush and President Obama has vastly improved the health of women and their families, while building vital healthcare system infrastructure. Let's continue the success, without being undermined by the Global Gag Rule.

A GOP for America's future

Dustin Siggins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Dustin Siggins

Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have promised that Congress would move on tax reform, the national debt, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. We hope that they follow through -- but given the GOP's tendency to overpromise and under-deliver, we have our doubts.

Will Congress Shortchange the Census?

Arloc Sherman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Under pressure from Congress to cut costs, Census has committed to conduct the 2020 census for the same cost as the 2010 census, despite inflation, population growth, and the growing tendency of busy Americans to ignore surveys.

Friday Talking Points -- The Calm Between The Storms

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many are now pointing out that Warren's elevation pretty much assures she won't be running for president in 2016, but then we never really believed she would run in the first place. At this point, she'll be much more effective within the Senate Democrats.

$5 Billion for Iraq-Syria War? Three Reasons to Oppose

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The annual "base" budget of the Pentagon is half a trillion dollars. That's the money that the Pentagon gets if it fights no wars.

7 Tips To Keep You On-Budget This Holiday Season | Posted 11.14.2014 | Money

It's too late to "get a jump" on saving in advance for this holiday season, but that doesn't mean you're stuck paying through the nose.

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

A series of questions for Illinois' elected officials

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Do Illinois lawmakers have a clue what it means to balance the state budget? Bill Bergman of Truth in Accounting has a few questions for Illinois' le...

Sequestration's Toll: 100,000 Fewer Low-Income Families With Housing Vouchers

Douglas Rice | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Douglas Rice

It's essential that Congress provide enough funds in 2015 to renew all of the vouchers issued in 2014 and make further progress in reversing the voucher losses under sequestration. To achieve this goal, Congress should fund vouchers at least at the level that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved in June.

Credit Card Debt: 12 Common Debt Habits That Lead to Financial Ruin

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 11.10.2014 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

The reasons for credit card debt vary from person-to-person. But there are some common debt habits that can lead to credit card debt and cause it to grow instead of shrink. Likewise, there are ways you can break free from the clutches of credit card debt.

Free Your Mind, Free Your Money

Leisa Peterson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Money
Leisa Peterson

I think of a budget as a diagnostic tool. It is no different from going to the doctor and having the nurse take your temperature and blood pressure. They are establishing a baseline for your health. A budget is a baseline for your financial wellness.

Tens of Thousands Apply for Scarce Housing Vouchers

Barbara Sard | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Barbara Sard

While the lottery approach has drawn some criticism, the problem isn't the lotteries -- it's the scarcity of vouchers.

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

14 Things You Need To Do To Be A Financial Adult | Posted 11.03.2014 | Money

With so many young adults moving back in with mom and dad, that line between childhood and adulthood is blurring. Whatever your financial situation, though, you can begin taking steps to become an independent financial adult.

These Effortless Shortcuts Could Equal Big Savings

SALT | Posted 10.31.2014 | Money

When it comes to spending, there's never any reason to pay more than you have to; however, sometimes the secret isn't finding a sale, but getting money back.

11 Great Wines For Fall Under $25 | Posted 10.28.2014 | Taste

Fall in, people.

3 Quick and Easy Fixes for Drafty Windows

This Old House | Posted 10.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
This Old House

Keeping your home warm doesn't come at a high price, thanks to these easy-to-do fixes.

Make it, Spend it: Is There a Better Way?

Jim Gibson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

Would you believe that, despite all the protests, all the negative media attention and all that, it really isn't the economy's fault, stupid? Guess wh...

Create a Budget Plan That Actually Works: 3 Steps to Take

Carrie Smith | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Carrie Smith

Don't be afraid to experiment and try out a few different methods, tools, and resources to plan a budget. As your situation changes and your life evolves, you may find that one style doesn't work anymore, and it's time to try something new.

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

5 Simple Ways to Slash Your Utility Bill This Season

This Old House | Posted 10.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
This Old House

To help pinpoint exactly where you are burning through resources--and cash--we polled energy consultants across the country.